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James Herbert Pocock

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James Herbert Pocock (c1875-1951)

1953 Obituary [1]

JAMES HERBERT POCOCK, whose death occurred in Australia as the result of an accident on 25th July 1951 at the age of seventy-six, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1903 and transferred to Membership in 1911.

He was educated at Wycliffe College, Stonehouse, Gloucester, and served a premium apprenticeship with Willans and Robinson, Ltd., Rugby, engine builders, from 1893 to 1895, concurrently attending classes in electrical engineering at King's College, London.

In 1896 he went to Australia to erect steam generating, pumping, and other machinery for the Sulphide Corporation at Newcastle, New South Wales, and on the completion of this task remained there for two years in charge of the plant.

He returned to Willans and Robinson, Ltd., in 1899 and was engaged for some years in superintending the erection and running of the firm's engines in many parts of the Continent.

From 1903 to 1909 he was manager of the office at Glasgow and was responsible, as their representative for Scotland, the north of England, and the north of Ireland, for the erection and starting up of all the firm's products within those districts.

In 1910 he again went to Australia where he continued for many years to act as Willans and Robinson's sole representative for both Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Pocock was more recently a director of Standard-Waygood, Ltd., engineers, until his retirement in 1929.

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